MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday urged Congress to remove term limits for public officials, as a means to end political dynasties.
"Political dynasty proliferated because of the unintended effects of imposing term limits. Let's push for the self-executory anti-political dynasty provision para rin wala nang pipilitin sa pamilya tumakbo kahit ayaw naman nila. But I propose that term limits be removed," he said in his speech to open the third regular session of Congress.
In the same speech, Alvarez also slammed the 1987 Constitutions, which he believes have faults that are "too many to mention."
He also hit critics who said that a shift to federalism was not needed because the real problem are the government officials who failed to implement what the Constitution mandates.
"Yes, bad people are also responsible for the mess that we are presently in. But to miss the bigger picture and fail to understand the role that institutions play in the puzzle of prosperity and development will seal our fate and preserve mediocrity as status quo," he said.
Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, head of the consultative committee, said he will not push for charter change without an anti-political dynasty provision.
He said political dynasties will gain more power if the shift to federalism pushes through without such a ban.